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The Book of Lamentations
HARDCOVER; Published: 3/1/2022
ISBN: 978-0-8028-2542-1
Price: $ 40.00
248 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6.125 x 9.25
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Series: The New International Commentary on the Old Testament

The book of Lamentations is one of the most vivid representations of grief and trauma in the Hebrew Bible. Written in the wake of the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonian Empire, it is comprised of five poems of twenty-two stanzas each, in a manner of tight formal unity unparalleled by any other work in the Scriptures. 

In this volume, widely respected Old Testament scholar John Goldingay analyzes these and other aspects of Lamentations while keeping a constant eye on the book’s meaning and use as Christian Scripture. After a thorough introduction that explores matters of background, composition, and theology, Goldingay provides an original translation of the book from the Masoretic text along with verse-by-verse commentary.

Table of Contents

          1. Background
          2. Unity of Composition
          3. Authorship and Date
          4. Occasion, Place of Origin, and Destination
          5. Canonicity
          6. The Hebrew Text
          7. Theology
          8. Main Themes and Their Implications
          9. Analysis of Contents
Text and Commentary
          Lamentations 1: Is There Pain Like My Pain?
          Lamentations 2: He Poured Out His Wrath Like Fire
          Lamentations 3: Perhaps There Is Hope
          Lamentations 4: He Lit a Fire in Zion
          Lamentations 5: Be Mindful, Yahweh

Review of Biblical Literature
“Fits an important niche for undergraduate and seminary classrooms and libraries that seek a theological commentary that takes seriously the work of critical biblical studies.”
Review of Biblical Literature
“Even before the introduction, the reader encounters the breadth of scholarship consulted, with the bibliography ranging from classic German commentaries to Calvin to Qumran, including contemporary Christian pastoral articles as well as medieval Jewish exegesis. That the text has been considered from multiple angles gives the reader more reason to trust that Goldingay will in fact prove to be ‘a faithful guide. . . .’”